FCC Drive Away Hunger supports school meal programs

  • Jun 04, 2019

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is contributing $100,000 to school meal programs across Canada as part of FCC Drive Away Hunger.

For a third year in a row, FCC is supporting meal programs offered at 100 schools across Canada. Recipient schools are selected based on need by local FCC offices.

“When children have enough to eat, they can focus on learning, which sets them up for success,” said FCC president and CEO Michael Hoffort, in announcing this year’s goal to collect the equivalent of five million meals for Canada’s food banks. “We are proud to be a source of support for school meal programs and local food banks that have a significant impact on the lives of Canadian youth and their families each day. We couldn’t do it alone, our customers, partners and school communities are key to the success of that campaign.”

One of the more visible activities of FCC Drive Away Hunger involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country.

The tractor tours will take place between October 8 and 18 across Canada to collect food and cash donations from individuals and organizations, including industry partners and schools.

FCC offices are also now collecting food and cash donations until October 18. One hundred per cent of donations go to Canadian food banks, and anyone can visit fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a monetary donation.

“Canada’s agriculture industry is generous and hard-working,” said Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “Those qualities are reflected in the success of FCC Drive Away Hunger which gives local food banks a much-needed boost each year. I applaud FCC and the agriculture community for coming together to put meals on the table for Canadian families in need.”

Since 2004, FCC employees, customers and community partners have raised over 50 million meals through FCC Drive Away Hunger.

FCC’s enthusiastic corporate partners are also a major contributor to the program’s success year after year.

As Platinum partners, BDO Canada LLP, Lou’s Kitchen, Courchesne Larose, Chenail Import-Export, Dedicated Harvesters and Canadawide have committed to providing food and funds to feed the hungry through FCC Drive Away Hunger.

Parrish & Heimbecker Limited, Windset Farms, Co-op, Ray-Mont Logistics International, Nutrigroupe, Groupe Vegco Inc., Les Viandes duBreton and Bonduelle have also joined as national partners.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $36 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and on Twitter.

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For more information, photos or interviews, contact:

Éva Larouche
Corporate Communication
Farm Credit Canada
1-888-780-6647
eva.larouche@fcc.ca